In case of Justin Bieber, does any one doubt hat he would love to be called a thug?
Maybe the thug even used to be you, until you went straight.
The world was long ago promised that Zimbabwean thug Robert Mugabe would be a great reformer.
Both men leaned on the archetype of the black “thug” to explain their fear, and both men argued that it justified their actions.
Abu Mazen responded by having his thug police force beat down the people.
There was no sign of the thug, but Fats came out of his back office just as Gordon reached the little bar.
About every day I have to send for the sheriff and have some thug arrested.
Let any man once taste of that goor, and he will be a thug, though he know all the trades and have all the wealth in the world.
Of course it seemed ridiculous that a thug should strangle the old man.
With a yell, the fifth thug turned and ran for his very life, dodging into a dark alleyway.
1810, "member of a gang of murderers and robbers in India who strangled their victims," from Marathi thag, thak "cheat, swindler," Hindi thag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthaga-s "cunning, fraudulent," possibly from sthagayati "(he) covers, conceals," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus). Transferred sense of "ruffian, cutthroat" first recorded 1839. The more correct Indian name is phanseegur, and the activity was described in English as far back as c.1665. Rigorously prosecuted by the British from 1831, they were driven from existence, but the process extended over the rest of the 19c.